Local News

  • Local volunteers make helmet liners for soldiers

    Every day, in service to their country, brave American men and women put their lives on the line on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. While a war zone is one of the most tense and hostile places to be, a group of local women are hoping to make soldiers’ lives a little more comfortable by making hand-knitted and crocheted wool helmet liners for U.S. troops.

    “As anyone who has tried one on knows, those helmets are so uncomfortable,” said Kay Kennedy of the Washington County Homemakers Association.

  • School board passes tax increase

    The Washington County School Board passed a proposed tax increase Monday evening that took the rate from 52.9 cents per $100 in assessed property value to 54.8 cents per $100 in assessed value.

    The vote was 4-1, with board members Pat Clements, Nora Hatton, Buffy Mann and Mike McCain voting in favor of the increase, while board chair Patsy Lester cast the lone vote against the increase.

  • Walk for Life is Saturday, Sept. 11

    A sluggish U.S. economy means that more people are struggling day to day when it comes to living essentials such as food and clothing. That struggle can become even more challenging when a baby is on the way. To offer assistance, the House of Hope in Springfield will hold its annual Walk for Life at Idle Hour Park on Sept. 11 at 9 a.m.

  • School tax hearing is tonight

    The Washington County School Board will meet tonight to consider a property tax increase that could generate an estimated $169,000 in additional revenue.

    The proposed increase would take the tax rate from the current 52.9 cents per $100 of assessed property value, and place it at 54.8 cents per $100 in assessed value.

  • Backpack food program needs your help

    When several high school students from Washington County attended the 4-H Issues Conference nine years ago, little did they expect that the weekend would help change the lives of hundreds of young people in Washington County.  The teens who attended the conference found out about the backpack grant while at the conference, and applied to receive the first money to go toward weekend hunger relief for Washington County students.

  • Repairs begin on damaged roads

    The Washington County Fiscal Court took a big step last Wednesday to repairing several roads damaged by landslides earlier in the year. For residents along Hardesty Road, relief couldn’t have come at a better time. King Crete Drilling from Beattyville, Ky., has been awarded the low-bid contract to repair three major road slides in the county, with Hardesty Road being the top priority.

  • School tax hearing is Sept. 1

    With expenses on the rise and funding for state mandated programs not climbing to meet those expenses, many school districts are left with a decision to make about generating revenue.

    For the Washington County School System, helping cover the costs of doing business could mean an increase in the tax rate for real and personal property.

    Currently, the tax rate for those types of property stands at 52.9 cents per $100 of assessed value.  

  • Art exhibit is tonight at Opera House

    There’s an old phrase that says that life imitates art. But today, the opposite will be true when the Springfield Opera House hosts an exhibition of 12 oil paintings by Sister Elaine DesRosiers that capture the heart of Main Street Springfield.

  • Superintendent gets one-year review from board

    Robin Cochran has been on the job for about a year now as superintendent of Washington County schools. With that milestone reached, Cochran recently received her one-year performance review from the members of the board of education, and it was a favorable one.

  • Mike Haydon to serve as governor's chief of staff

    Springfield native Mike Haydon is about to take on a new job.

    On Thursday, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear announced that Haydon will replace Adam Edelen as his chief of staff effective Sept. 16.